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Latest Solar Flares and Storm Information

Updated on October 18, 2012
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Solar Storm Information - March 2012

There is another solar storm coming, and it is due to hit the earth early on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The sun is doing it again and the world is watching with expectation to see what happens this time. Of course, we can expect it to effect the earth's magnetic field at the very least. We can also expect some expansion with the Northern Lights. Photographers of this sort of thing that can catch it, are going to be getting ready.

So what can we expect from this giant blast of plasma that the sun seems to spit out? Well they are saying that the plasma can be sent out as the speed of four million miles per hour. This is what happened on Tuesday March 6. This may turn out to be the largest solar event since late 2006. It is not "end of the world stuff" by any means, but it does affect our lives in issues like having to get our planes rerouted, and possibly knocking out power grids. It can also effect radios of course.

Starting Tuesday March 6, 2012 the sun began unleashing its power which results in a crazy day of strong solar storms. So just one of the flares is probably beating out the one we had earlier in the year, which I find fascinating.

What Does the Storm Do?

Once the flares occur, the solar storm grows as it races outward from the sun. In fact, it grows and grows not unlike a large soap bubble does in the kitchen sink filling up with hot soapy water. This helped to give me an image in my mind, and one can only imagine that looks like and the effect, when its stuff from the sun!

It will hit earth at some point. The huge flares happening this time are ranked X Class storms which is the strongest type of solar storm there is. There have been other solar flares happening as well, just not as massive. There was one on large one for instance on Sunday night.

Consider it like X-ray emissions from the sun itself. This is perhaps the most significant since 2006.

The next 24 hours will be critical in terms of seeing the effect overall from the suns latest activity. It sure does seem like a lot is going on, so many changes in the weather, etc.

Certain things have already been affected negatively, like polar flights for instance. We have yet to see what else comes from it. Astronauts at the international space station have ways of shielding themselves from the onslaught, and I hope its effective. They can seek out shelter of some kind. It brings new meaning to the words, "seeking shelter from the storm," as this is unlike any storm most of us have ever experienced or ever will.


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      Paula 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Lilly, you are so right about us dodging the "bullet" so to speak with these solar flares. It really is rather amazing, and really very interesting to keep tabs on. My apologies for being delayed in getting back to your comment. Thanks for taking time to stop by and comment here. I will keep on watching for news of these solar flares, as the earth and universe are seeming to become more and more interesting and intense as time goes by.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      It is now almost December and the flares have picked up in intensity. Hope we can keep dodging the bullet!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Dolores, That is right, now that you mention it, as it does make one think back to things like that. I wouldn't mind seeing some of the auroras myself, as they seem to be very beautiful and amazing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      Hello Ms. Dee, thanks for commenting on this topic. I hadn't thought about Fibromyalgia specifically, but it makes sense to me that some people with particular health issues might struggle a little bit, though I sure hope not for their sake. We do know that too much radiation hurts people, and with these somewhat bigger and recurring solar storms and flares, one can't help but wonder about it all. So glad you found it interesting. Have a nice day.

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      Deidre Shelden 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I was very curious to see what the electronic effects of the solar flares would be. Like you, am glad it wasn't too much, at least in the functioning of our daily lives. I did read some wonder if these events effect physically those with diseases of the central nervous system, like Fibromyalgia, because there is thought that electromagnetic fields effect it. Interesting hub!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Funny how all this solar storms stuff reminds me of a movie they used to show in school back in the day - Mr. Sun narrated by Eddie Arnold (I think it was). Anyway, would enjoy seeing some of the auroras it should generate.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello LaBrashear, Thank you so much. I have seen some footage but I am not sure that I saw footage of solar tornadoes! What I have seen though, looks not altogether different than a tornado, just with solar gases. Fascinating stuff for sure!

      Thanks for your visit and comment here.

      Hi Cassie, I think a lot of people thought that ipads and cell phones would be freaking out, and I know of people that had some power problems. Glad it turned out to be pretty non eventful for most of us, though its hard to know the effect of solar radiation on us long term in doses like that.

      It is all so fascinating to me, and how active and powerful that sun is! Thanks for the comment.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Scribenet, Thank you for your comment and vote. I think its neat that you might have seen a faint Northern Light the other night. This topic interests me also, and when I think of the size differences between the Sun and Earth, and all the activity, it just blows my mind. Have a great day.

      Hello Jainismus, Thank you for your visit and comment. I am so glad you find the topic interesting, and I am the same way.

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      Cassie Smith 5 years ago from U.S.

      I was expecting ipads and cell phones to freak out.

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Very interesting. Great information. Did you happen to catch the footage of the solar tornados awhile back? This stuff is fascinating. Thanks for posting. Voted up and sharing.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India


      Thank you for sharing this information. Voted up.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The flare was supposed to cause interuptions in power starting last midnight, but no power or satellite interuptions in Northern Ontario yet. I Thought I saw a faint Northern Light a few days ago before I knew of the flare, but it was not clear and could have just been clouds visible on a bright night. This is an interesting subject... Rated up and awesome!